Amanda Elliott has become the first female chairman and the 21st in the Victoria Racing Club’s 153-year history after being elected unopposed by the board on Friday.
Turn Me Loose’s fitness levels have gone up in the last fortnight and co-trainer Murray Baker is optimistic that his multiple Group One winner has now hit his winning weight.
Plenty has been said and written of the wide barriers drawn by Lindsay Park’s swarm of runners in Saturday’s Ladbrokes Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m).
Jockey Brad Rawiller believes that if Black Heart Bart can claim his fifth Group 1 win in the $500,000 italktravel Futurity Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield on Saturday, the big bay can claim to be rated the next best racehorse in the country behind Winx.
Australian stayer Lord Van Percy will cross the Tasman for a tilt at the Gr.1 Barfoot & Thompson Auckland Cup at Ellerslie on March 11.
A favourable blood count has provided trainer John Zielke with the confidence to test Ruby Red Heart’s winter carnival credentials at Doomben on Saturday.
Trainer Brendan McCarthy is confident that two-year-old Blondie is better than her 2017 Blue Diamond Stakes odds suggest.
Gai Waterhouse is unlikely to run Farson in the Australian Guineas even if he is to prove too strong for his rivals at Caulfield on Saturday.
In-form jockey Matt McGuren is taking a short holiday this week, paving the way for Robbie Fradd to link up with leading Murwillumbah-based trainer Matt Dunn at Lismore on Friday.
Free-rolling galloper Chetwood will be looking to bounce back in the Group Three Liverpool City Cup (1300m) at Randwick after his disappointing showing at Caulfield.
New Zealand-bred stayer Tavago will take his first step toward an autumn distance feature when he takes on Winx in Saturday’s Gr.1 Chipping Norton Stakes at Randwick.